Woman, 97, convicted of Nazi war crimes

A German court has convicted a 97-year-old woman of having contributed to the murder of more than 11,000 people during her time working as a typist at a Nazi concentration camp in World War II.

The district court in the northern town of Itzehoe handed Irmgard Furchner a two-year suspended sentence, public broadcaster Northern German Broadcasting (NDR) reported on Tuesday.

She was sentenced under juvenile law, owing to the fact that she was only 18 years old at the time of the crimes.

Furchner worked at the Stutthof concentration camp between 1943 and 1945.

The start of Furchner’s trial was delayed in September 2021 when she briefly went on the run.

She was caught hours after failing to turn up to court.

Some 65,000 people died of starvation and disease or in the gas chamber at Stutthof, near Gdansk, in today’s Poland.

They included prisoners of war and Jews caught up in the Nazis’ extermination campaign.

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